Ahead of the Cyclone Nisarga landfall, Maharashtra shifts 150 Covid patients from BKC to Worli
On account of the cyclone alert that has been sounded by the weather department, Maharashtra government has decided to shift 150 coronavirus patients being treated at the MMRDA (Mumbai Metropolitan Regional Development Authority) managed facility at BKC.
The coronavirus patients will now be shifted to the Covid facility at Worli. The decision was taken after the IMD predicted that the wind speed of Cyclone Nisarga could go upto 125km/hr.
Speaking to India Today TV, MMRDA Commissioner RA Rajeev said, “As a precautionary measure the state government has taken the call to shift the patients to a safer place. Our structural engineers are at the facility and the pillars are being strengthened with sand bags. Even though we don’t anticipate much damage because of the cyclone, we are keeping our fingers crossed.”
Sources in MMRDA suggest that the white tents at the facility have been put up with German technology and can withstand wind speed upto 100/hr. But the tents can’t take winds at a speed of 125 km/hr. MMRDA believes that as has been witnessed in the past, chances are likely that the wind speed won’t cross the 100km/hr-mark.
Maharashtra government had a crucial meeting on 1 June with all the concerned officials to access the ground preparedness and it was decided that to be on a safer side the patients be shifted to a safer location.
The Covid-19 facility at Worli has a covered rooftop. “The patients at the BKC-MMRDA facility are asymptotic hence it’s not much of an issue shifting them,” said a BMC official.